Category Archives: Global News

UK PM Theresa May faces confidence vote as Brexit ticks down to the line

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government faces a no confidence vote on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her Brexit divorce deal by parliament left Britain’s exit from the European Union in disarray just 10 weeks before it is due to leave.

from Reuters: Top News https://reut.rs/2CqOS8N

Advertisements

People still trapped in Nairobi hotel after attack kills 15

At least two groups of people remained trapped inside a Nairobi hotel early on Wednesday where at least 15 were killed in a militant attack the previous day, and security forces surrounded the complex.

from Reuters: Top News https://reut.rs/2RuKfVj

Philippine authorities hand over fugitive Chinese official wanted in US$210m corruption case

Philippine officials have turned over to China a former government official wanted on suspicion of economic crime and corruption.
Xie Haojie was arrested on Sunday in Manila in an operation coordinated with the Chinese authorities.
The 49-year-old is wanted on charges of corruption that amounted to US$210 million.
Officials from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration handed him over Wednesday to China’s authorities in Manila for deportation.
China corruption watchdog to target health,…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2sw1Kpy

REVEALED: How Iran uses SECRET ‘tunnels and underground sites’ to conceal NUCLEAR missiles

IRAN is “digging tunnels and building underground facilities for sensitive security and military initiatives in the pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles”, a chilling document has claimed.

from Daily Express :: World Feed http://bit.ly/2RW17E8

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan worse than doing nothing – study

Administration’s alternative to clean power plan would let emissions ‘rebound’ via coal-fired power plants, researchers find

The Trump administration’s replacement for the linchpin Obama-era plan to combat climate change would increase greenhouse gas emissions in much of the US more than doing nothing at all, according to new research.

Planet-warming emissions would “rebound” under the Trump policy, researchers found, as it delays the retirement of coal-fired power plants. Carbon dioxide emissions would be 8.7% higher in 18 states and Washington DC by 2030, compared with having no policy at all.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2MfaVU5

Tanzanians with albinism embrace a life beyond stigma and superstition | Lucy Lamble

In a country where myths about albinism can have deadly consequences, an organisation set up to battle discrimination is having a profound impact

Paschal Merumba has suffered prejudice from the very day he was born.

His mother refused to breastfeed her “cursed” baby, the second child in the family born with albinism; the first had already died of neglect. Merumba was thought to have contaminated the community. He was made to eat apart and sleep on the floor.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2Fub45Q

Haiti’s isolated and forgotten village – in pictures

Near the bottom of the island of Hispaniola in south-east Haiti is a forgotten village, cut off from its own country, and slowly emptying as its residents leave. As well as health services or electricity, Boucan Ferdinand also lost its only road to the nearest town, Bois Negresse, in devastating floods in 2004. Some of its residents have left for the capital, Port-au-Prince, while others cling onto a precarious life. Many have crossed illegally into the more prosperous neighbouring Dominican Republic

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2ROXVKg

Wednesday briefing: Brexit deal gets worst vote ever

No one sure what happens next … gunfire rings out hours after deadly Nairobi attack … and Toto’s Africa on endless playback in the desert

Hello, I’m Warren Murray, here to give you a confident notion of what’s going on.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2RLP9wJ

Men beaten and robbed in Hong Kong after trying to buy 92 tickets to Jacky Cheung concerts

Two mainland Chinese men were beaten and robbed of HK$141,000 (US$17,978) in Hong Kong in the early hours of Wednesday after being lured to the city to buy Canto-pop star Jacky Cheung Hok-yau concert tickets.
As of 12.30pm, police were still searching for a group of six – five men and one woman – in connection with the hold-up that took place outside Nam Cheong MTR station at 1.15am.
The two victims, aged 16 and 33, got to know the woman through instant mobile messaging service…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2RxepaG

Exclusive: BJP wants expansionary economic policy ahead of general election

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is in favour of an expansionary economic policy and does not consider the government’s plan to keep the fiscal deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP as “sacrosanct”, a party spokesman told Reuters.

from Reuters: Top News https://reut.rs/2QS8Y0S

Woman dies after being knocked down and trapped under school bus in Hong Kong primary school

A middle-aged woman died after she was knocked down by a school bus and trapped under the vehicle at St Paul’s Co-educational College Primary School in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The incident – the city’s third road fatality in three days – happened inside the school off Nam Fung Path in Wong Chung Hang at 12.35pm, according to police.
“Initial investigation showed the woman was hit and then trapped under the school bus,” a police spokesman said. The victim was…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2CmI9N4

Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to India ahead of general election

Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.

from Reuters: Top News https://reut.rs/2VXtCA8

Aiming to curb China’s influence, Australian prime minister agrees to kava imports from Pacific nations

Australia will allow imports of the intoxicating drink kava, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as it seeks to forge closer ties with its Pacific neighbours amid growing Chinese interest in the region.
Australia and China have been vying for influence in sparsely populated Pacific island countries that control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
Vanuatu last year signed up to China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”, just a few months after Australia promised to…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2svBhZ0

‘Catastrophic systemic failure’ led to death of soldier in live fire exercise

Private Jason Challis was accidentally shot in the head in an urban warfare exercise in the Northern Territory

The death of a 25-year-old soldier during a live fire training exercise in the Northern Territory occurred because of a “catastrophic systemic failure” by Australian army commanders, a coroner has found.

Private Jason Challis, 25, was accidentally shot in the head while crouching behind a building in an urban warfare exercise in May 2017.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2SZmul2

Iranian PressTV journalist held by FBI, denied halal food, hijab removed against her will – network

Preview A PressTV journalist has been mysteriously detained for over 48 hours by the FBI after she was held for no clear reason at St. Louis airport while traveling to visit family, the network has learned.
Read Full Article at RT.com

from RT – Daily news http://bit.ly/2Hdiv2I

Cash-strapped Pakistan asks China to shelve US$2 billion coal plant

Pakistan has officially asked China to shelve a joint US$2 billion coal power project from the US$62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project, claiming it will be too expensive and should not be an immediate priority.
The request was made when Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar, Pakistan’s minister for planning and development, travelled to Beijing in December for a CPEC coordination meeting, according to a government official not authorised to speak publicly on the…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2CnsgGc

China pork prices to rise but not before Lunar New Year as African swine fever battle continues

Pork prices in China are “very likely” to rise in the second half of this year in the wake of African swine fever outbreaks, but no major volatility is expected ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in early February, when the meat is widely consumed.
China’s pig farmers have been urged to quickly replenish their herds, a government official said on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest pork producer looks to curb expected price rises resulting from a fall in the number of…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2TQsxID

Can Philadelphia ‘stop people from dying’ as drug crisis and gun violence rage on?

The prevalence of drug overdoses and homicides is helping drive down life expectancy in the nation’s sixth largest city as premature deaths have been rising since 2015

Trina Singleton’s son died a day before his 25th birthday, gunned down on the same day 10 people were shot in Philadelphia.

Elise Schiller’s daughter died of a heroin overdose at the treatment center where she had gone to seek help breaking her addiction.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2swZ6zz

Byron Bay sculpture: council debates whether to shaft ridiculed erection

‘Phallus’ fails to find favour in tourist town, with budgetary constraints and logistical problems blamed for final version of public artwork

Byron Bay council is debating whether to decommission a controversial public artwork that some locals have dubbed the “Big Byron dick”.

The 12 metre-high sculpture by Melbourne artist Corey Thomas is the first public artwork commissioned by the council and is intended to depict 6,000 metal birds flying around a silhouette of Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2HoLDnI

This won’t hurt: the Syrian medics helped back to work by UK startups | Ammar Kalia

All too often, Britain fails to use the valuable professional skills that refugees bring to the country. But social enterprises are now enabling newcomers to make the most of their talents

Hussam Allahham knows how to save a life on the operating table. He has done it many times in his home city of Damascus. He can fix broken limbs, amputate, remove tumours and replace organs. As a general surgeon he has had plenty of practice with a scalpel and stitches, both in Syria and while in a refugee camp in Italy.

In short, he’d be a useful addition to a health service anywhere. Only, in his new adopted home of Cardiff, Allahham, 36, cannot practise. He has tried to regain his standing as a surgeon but prohibitively expensive language tests and requalification exams have prevented him.

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2Fv9Hnl

Brexit vote: Theresa May faces no-confidence vote after crushing defeat – live updates

Parliament to debate Labour no-confidence motion after Brexit deal defeat that gives May just days to present a fresh vision for EU withdrawal

<

p class=”block-time published-time”>

Good morning and welcome to the politics live blog.

Well, the news just keeps on coming. After a crushing, humiliating, historic (pick your adjective, all of them were used on the papers’ front pages today) defeat for May in the “meaningful” vote on her Brexit deal yesterday, she is gearing up for the next challenge: a vote of no confidence, which will be held this afternoon.

The agenda for tomorrow’s parliamentary business is pretty striking. pic.twitter.com/W7p0xuYjO6

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2Rvci7k

Canada asks China to grant clemency over Robert Lloyd Schellenberg death sentence

Canada urged Beijing on Tuesday to grant clemency to a Canadian sentenced to death for drug trafficking, after his sentence reignited a diplomatic dispute that began last month.
Ottawa has warned its citizens about the risk of “arbitrary enforcement” of laws in China following a court’s sentencing of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, to death on Monday, in a retrial after he was previously handed a 15-year prison term.
The new sentence came during a clash between Ottawa and…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2RJkKPF

Sri Lanka considering US$300 million loan from Bank of China, with scope to borrow as much as US$1 billion

Sri Lanka is considering an offer from Bank of China for a loan of US$300 million, which could be raised to US$1 billion, to help it meet repayments in coming months, according to junior finance minister Eran Wickramaratne.
He also confirmed Sri Lanka had started negotiations to increase the amount of a swap deal with India’s central bank to US$1 billion, up from a previously negotiated US$400 million.
A series of credit rating downgrades amid a political crisis have made it harder for…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2HhKfU2

Chinese dissidents in Taiwan airport limbo for 100 days are walking asylum tightrope and Taipei can’t help

Chinese dissident Liu Xinglian marked his 64th birthday on Wednesday at Taiwan’s Taoyuan airport, one of two refugees who have been in limbo there for more than 100 days, hoping for asylum overseas.
Their case has parallels with that of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi teenager who was given sanctuary in Canada on Saturday after she used social media to shame Thai authorities against forcibly returning her to her family. She had sought refuge in Australia until Canada gave her asylum….

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2AQNZ9g

Laws to tackle aggressive sales tactics in Hong Kong could be expanded beyond gym and beauty salon industries, says commerce chief Edward Yau

Hong Kong’s commerce chief has said the government may consider expanding legislation that introduces a cooling-off period in industries dogged by aggressive sales tactics – and crack down on those who try to bypass new rules.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah was responding to criticism that the government proposal only covers salons and gyms and only sales greater than HK$3,000 in the two trades.
The city’s consumer rights watchdog, the…

from South China Morning Post – News feed http://bit.ly/2SXQX2W

Arthur Treadgold: Guardian Klondike correspondent – archive, 16 January 1964

16 January 1964 Remembering Arthur Christian Newton Treadgold who reported from the Canadian goldfields in the 1890s

Arthur Christian Newton Treadgold, whose dispatches from the Yukon lie in the 1898 files of the then Manchester Guardian, was the most thrusting pioneer of the great Klondike gold rush. He was also the most powerful. This little thickset man from a Lincolnshire yeoman family, a collateral descendant of Sir Isaac Newton, a classics graduate of Oxford, and a Blue, had both the brain – brilliant, ranging, dynamic, above all, tenacious (he was known as the Klondike Spider) – and the incredibly formidable physique for sustaining all he did.

Related: Frozen in time: the miraculous gold rush movies buried under the Yukon ice

Continue reading…

from World news | The Guardian http://bit.ly/2ANceVY

Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.

from Reuters: Top News https://reut.rs/2DcKD2c